In spite of a rainy forecast, Eagle River is bracing for some 40,000 visitors to Cranberry Fest.
Organizer Kim Emerson is busy setting up for the weekend festival.
“Some of the preparations we’re working on is getting all the big tents set up, we’ve got to get all the crafter booths set up so all the vendors know where their spot is, get the fresh cranberries and craisins set up.”
Members of the forest products industry are testifying on federal policies that affect them. Great Lakes Timber Professionals has organized a hearing that runs all day Friday and Saturday. The group’s Director Henry Shienebeck says the aim is to collect testimony to submit to Congress.
“Really for our association it’s about how do we get a combined message to Washington that says, this is what happens when you do rules and regulations without completely understanding and taking the local economy into account when you do this.”
Iron County citizens are holding a forum next week. It will look at issues brought on by iron mining in Minnesota. Organizer Terry Daulton says the guest is research scientist Nancy Schuldt water quality specialist with the Fond du Lac Tribe.
“And she works on a lot of the issues relating to water quality and wild rice, and also potential things like mercury contamination that would affect tribal members there in Minnesota.”
A film screening next week is putting the spotlight on hunger issues in the Northwoods. St. Augustine’s Church in Rhinelander is showing A Place at the Table. Father Dean Einerson says many families deal with uncertainty about getting enough to eat, and A Place at the Table looks at the reasons behind the problem.
“That’s a movie that tries to get at why so many Americans face food insecurity. Last year there were 50 million Americans who didn’t know where the food for their family was gonna come each week.”
Veterans’ health services are not being affected by the government shutdown. Iron Mountain VA Health Center spokesman Brad Nelson says other aspects of Veterans Affairs may be impacted, but clinics and health services are funded well in advance.
“We already have advance appropriations for 2014, so we’re remaining fully open in that regard. So we are not impacted by this current lapse in appropriations.”
Lac du Flambeau tribal voters yesterday elected four of eight candidates to the tribal council and elected a secretary and treasurer.
The top four candidates for the council were Henry "Butch" St. Germaine with 363 votes, Alice Soulier with 330 votes, Betty Jo Graveen with 323, and Eric Chapman, Sr. with 292.
Jamie Armstrong defeated Vicki Doud for Secretary and Mary Peterson defeated Barry LeSieur(lah-soor) for Treasurer. There were a total of 307 write-in votes in all races that did not affect the outcomes.